Unbelievable as it may sound, 753* vulnerable people in Suffolk died in 2014/15 from causes directly attributed to cold and poor living conditions. The vast majority affected were over the age of 75. Sadly, these figures represent the worst levels of fuel poverty in the East of England.
This is the tip of the iceberg – it is estimated that 43,330** households in Suffolk currently live in fuel poverty. Many suffer in silence during the coldest months, often hidden from view, withdrawn from the world around them.
Suffolk Community Foundation is asking you to pledge your Winter Fuel Payment to help those older people desperately in need of extra support during the winter.
The money raised by the Surviving Winter Appeal will be used in two ways:
* Office of National Statistics, 2014/15
** Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), 2017